Ongoing Public Programs March 12 – May 8


Weekly docent-led tours of The Hub (former Sports Authority, located at 333 Ward Ave)
Thursdays, 5:30-6:15 PM
Saturdays, 1:30-2:15 PM

Monthly docent-led tour of Foster Botanical Garden on Saturdays from 11-11:45 AM:
March 18
April 15
May 6

Monthly docent-led lunchtime tour of Honolulu Hale on Tuesdays from 12:-12:30 PM
March 28
April 11

Tours are open to the public and no pre-registration is required for individuals and small groups. For large groups (10+) and school tour bookings, please email to book; please book at least one week in advance.

Special Focus Tours:
Through a partnership with The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, School of Pacific & Asian Studies at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, special, guided tours focused on artists of the Pacific will be given. For more information on specific dates, email

Keiki Workshops in Partnership with Art Explorium
To register and for more information, please visit:

Workshop: Ceramic Succulent Planters
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 1:30-3 PM
Instructor: Garid Chapman
Location: Foster Botanical Garden

Workshop: Animal Art and Technology inspired by teamLab
Date/Time: Sunday, April 23, 2:30-4:00 pm
Instructor(s): Elemental Minds
Location: Art Explorium

Workshop: Fantasy Night Skies at Bishop Museum
Date/Time: Sunday, May 7, 2:30-4:00 pm
Instructor: Ualani Davis
Location: Bishop Museum

(Workshop information is subject to change.)

Art Talk Tuesdays at The Hub
Featuring artists, curators, cultural producers, community organizers, film makers, farmers, writers, publishers, academics, scientists, musicians and out-of-town guests ruminating on themes and ideas related to Honolulu Biennial 2017.

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Cost: free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so registration is required, click the links below to RSVP:

April 11: “Inter-Pacific Ring Tribunal” (INTERPRT) In conversation with Dr. Nabil Ahmed a researcher of architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London with Ngahiraka Mason, Curator of Honolulu Biennial discussing alternative commissions of inquiry for the promotion of environmental justice in the Pacific region

April 18: World Premiere Film Screening & Talk - Let the Mountain Speak | World Premiere Film Co-presented by HIFF:  Vilsoni Hereniko & Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer talk story.  This new film is written and directed by Vilsoni Hereniko, produced by Jeannette Hereniko, shot by Paul Atkins, edited by Shirley Thompson, music by Taimane and features the voice of Leo Anderson Akana, one of Hawaii's best known actresses.  

A visual poem that pays tribute to Maunakea, a sacred mountain on the island of Hawaii and the center for one of the largest conflicts presently taking place in Hawaii.  

Followed by an intimate discussion with Vilsoni Hereniko & Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer.

The film is meant to give voice to the mountain herself through visually thought provoking images, sound and artistic storytelling through film.

April 25: Poetry Reading | Bamboo Ridge presentation:  What We Must Remember, an evening for remembrance of Hawaii’s history, in particular the reverberations of the Massie-Kahahawai case, and Hawai‘i and its people through the work of writers who have published with Bamboo Ridge Press.


                  Christy Passion is a critical care nurse at the Queen's Medical Center.  She is the author of Still Out of Place, an individual collection of poetry and the co-author of two collaborative collections, No Choice But to Follow and What We Must Remember. She is the 2017 recipient of the Cades Emerging Writer Award.

                  Ann Inoshita has a book of poems, Mānoa Stream (Kahuaomānoa Press), and she co-authored No Choice but to Follow and What We Must Remember (Bamboo Ridge Press). Her short play, Wea I Stay: A Play in Hawai‘i, was included in The Statehood Project performed by Kumu Kahua Theatre and published by Fat Ulu Productions. She teaches at Leeward Community College.

                  Jean Yamasaki Toyama, professor emerita of French at the University of Hawai‘i, has published two books of poems, Kelli’s Hanauma Friends and another, Prepositions. Her short stories appear in The Piano Tuner’s Wife. She is one of the poets writing in What We Must Remember.

                  Donald Ching, author of Between Sky and Sea: a Family’s Struggle, most recently edited Bamboo Ridge #110 with Misty Sanico.  He is an active member of the Bamboo Ridge team.

                  Wing Tek Lum is a Honolulu businessman and poet.  Bamboo Ridge Press has published his two collections of poetry, Expounding the Doubtful Points (1987) and The Nanjing Massacre:  Poems (2012).  

Elmer Omar Pizo, former health inspector for the state of Hawai‘i, has published widely here, on the mainland and in the Philippines.  He has participated in many writers’ workshops including, the Vermont Studio Center and the Silliman National Writers Workshop.  His poem, “Warning” was chosen Best in the Poetry Category in issue 100 of BR.

May 2: TBA

March Public Events


Roundtable on Art and Critical Geographies in Hawaiʻi

Time: 12 PM

Location: John Young Museum of Art, Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.


(un)Commons: "Dying to Live.”

Through teaching, participation, music, and rituals we will explore creativity, solidarity, beginning again, and the ability to keep going as creatives.

Time: 6:00PM
Location: The HUB
Cost: free


April Public Events


April 15

Biennial Talks: Jens Hoffman on Biennial building, creativity transforming urban communities
Jens Hoffman in conversation with Isabella Hughes, Co-Founder of Honolulu Biennial Foundation - Presented by Honolulu Biennial & Nella Media Group $5 suggested donation supporting The ARTS at Marks Garage

Time: 2:30-3:30 P
Location: Arts at Marks
Cost: free, suggested donation $5

Artist/Life: Intersecting Identities in the Art World

Intersecting Identities in the Art World: Moderated by Natalia Nakazawa, Nanci Amaka, and Billie Lee

How do we manage intersecting identities? discuss making art, making money, and managing the time to do it all. Finding those precious moments - when all of our practices seem to converge.

Activities will span mind-mapping, mantra-writing, and small group discussions.This workshop is intended for any artist with questions about maintaining multiple practices and sustaining a fully realized artist/life.

$ 5 suggested donation supporting The ARTS at Marks Garage

Time :  4:30 - 6:30PM
Location: Arts at Marks
Cost: $ 5 suggested donation

April 21

Artist and Curator Walk + Talk
Featuring: Kaili Chun and Charlton Kupa’a Hee in conversation with Ngahiraka Mason on a tour of Honolulu Biennial artworks at Bishop Museum

Location: Bishop Museum
Time: 5:30 -7 PM
Cost: free, but registration is required and space is limited: RSVP HERE

April 22

"Earth Day After pARTy @ ARTS at Marks
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Location: Arts at Marks
$10 Suggested donation

Works by Ava Fedorov
Sustainable Coastlines HI - providing collected waste material for art exhibit

Kealoha is the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i and the founder of HawaiiSlam

Building Voices
Stratosphere: Martin Despang, Professor, School of Architecture, Despang Architekten
Tadpole Studio Play: Bundit Kanisthakhon and Janice Li
intersection between art, architecture, and food, centered around re-purposing and redistributing resources

Artists for Social Justice:  A newly-formed community arts group present performances centered on the theme of climate change through music, poetry, visual art, dance, projections and speaking

DJ Funkybrewster and Friends - funk/disco vinyl beats to get your blood pumping and body groovin!

March for Science Hawaii coming after their day of Marching for climate justice

April 23

State of the Arts, a Conversation on Hawaiʻi’s Art Scene
Panelists include Jasper Wong (POW! WOW! Hawaii),  Josh Tengan (CONTACT), Katherine Ann Leilani Tuider (Honolulu Biennial Foundation). Moderated by
Healoha Johnston (Honolulu Museum of Art).
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre
Time: 4 PM
Cost: Free, but registration is required as space is limited:

Honolulu Biennial Photo + Film Night

“A SMALL LIFE” | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 46 min.

Nearly a lifetime has passed for three Honolulu sisters who were born on the Hawi Sugar Plantation on the Big Island. “A Small Life” is a reflective journey with a range of interviews and moments filled with humor, warmth and tragedy. Now in their 80s and 90s, the sisters reflect on an event in their personal lives that occurred decades ago in1942.

The observant, intimate camera and a lingering pace call attention to the passage of time, the beauty in listening and the fragility of memory. Originally premiered at last year's HIFF, this video is by Lynne Yamamoto, Honolulu Biennial artist, and filmmaker Lucretia Knapp. With this work they honor the three sisters who continue to inspire their own lives.

Location: The HUB
Time: 4 - 6 PM
Cost: Free, but registration is required as space RSVP HERE

April 26

"Let the Mountain Speak"I Community Film Screening I Kukakuka I Awa "Kava" - Engage in the newly released short film written and directed by Vilsoni Hereniko, produced by Jeannette Hereniko, shot by Paul Atkins, edited by Shirley Thompson, and features the voice of Leo Anderson Akana, one of Hawaii's best known actresses.

Kukakuka "discussion" with Tiffnie Kakalia, Vilsoni Hereniko and Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu.

AWA Maika'i - share Hawaiian ʻawa/kava and talk together. Awa protocols with Keala Kahuanui-Paleka and 'Awa Koa,“Ke aka ka oukou, ka i’o ka makou. The essence is for you, the substance is for us." Keala Kahuanui-Paleka

Co-presented by HIFF

Tickets at $10 general admission, $5 student & kupuna. Proceeds supporting The ARTS at Marks Garage.

April 30

Earth-Friendly Animal Art:  Join Art Explorium and Bank of Hawaii for a FREE nature-themed art activities at The Hub. Keiki will have the opportunity to get creative by using things that are normally thrown away to make earth-friendly art projects. We will be doing projects inspired by some of the artists whose works are being exhibited at The Hub. Drop by any time between 2:00-4:00pm on Sunday, April 30 to view the art on display and create your own! Art Explorium is a non-profit art studio for children located in Kaimuki, Hawai`i.

Location: The HUB
Time: 2:00PM -4:00PM
Cost: included with normal admission.

Artists for Social Justice present “Arts in Conversation: Artists on the Move” A newly-formed community arts group, Artists for Social Justice, present an evening of performances centered on the theme of climate change.  A daunting social, economic and environmental phenomenon that communities around the world are already grappling with. As creators, moderators, and curators of human culture, artists of various mediums have been using their expressive power to draw attention to this pressing social issue in different ways.

Some celebrate the beauty and power of nature that is slipping away, some warn of our own human fragility in the face of environmental disruption, others describe the existing destruction and its human and non-human effects, while yet others seek to translate real climate data into artistic expressions in order to communicate the severity of the situation. In this program, music, poetry, visual art, dance, projections and speaking come together to highlight the very real consequences and effects of climate change with the aim of prompting action within our own community.

Location: The HUB
Time: 4:30 -6 PM
Cost: free, but registration is required and space is limited: RSVP HERE


May Public Events

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY MAY 6TH, 2017 | Purchase Tickets Here

Under the Stars:
Delicious Street Grindz featuring your favorite local food trucks including The Pig & The Lady
102.7 FM The Bomb Radio Station DJs mixing the hottest beats - DJ Kool E, DJ INSPEKT & DJ K-Smooth

Eclectic Array of Artful Performances:
Performance by Halau Mele
Slam poetry, mo'olelo & hip hop featuring a slam poet & Moloka'i Lahui
Live music by Chalin & Maryann Ito

Interested in Suggesting Public Programs?

The Hub is a space for the creative community. From March 13 - May 8, 2017, if you have an idea for a public program that you’d like to present during normal operating hours, we welcome you reaching out with a proposal. Kindly note, a limited number of spots are available and not all programs will be accepted. Please email Lala Nuss: to submit your proposal.